Monday, 30 April 2018 11:27

There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch

There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch
Alliance Remedial Supplies, who spoke to members about condensation and mould at our February meeting, are having a trade day on Wednesday 20th June which will include presentations, a FREE buffet lunch, a goodie bag and full access to explore Bursledon Brickworks Museum.
You Cannot Keep A Horse In Your Living Room!
A long running case which started in 2011 has decided that a lady who chose to bring her horse indoors during the winter is not allowed to do so.  She was the owner of the house but her pet horse was removed on the grounds…
Friday, 30 March 2018 21:28

Joint Tenant Rent - Who is liable?

Joint Tenant Rent - Who is liable?
We had a member who asked, "In a student HMO I always have individual contracts for each tenant but from a Council Tax perspective, I am better off using a Joint & Several contract (as if & when CT falls due, the local council will…
Friday, 30 March 2018 18:02

An alternative to leasehold?

An alternative to leasehold?
Most landlords who have more than one property have at least one leasehold property in their portfolio (and many who only have 1 just have a leasehold flat).. What all of these landlords have in common, if you chat about it over coffee, is a…
Portsmouth Goes Live With Universal Credit
Whilst the full switch over to Universal Credit does not happen in Portsmouth until September, the area became a 'Live Service' area, so some single jobseekers could claim Universal Credit (UC) during March. We are hoping to have someone from the Department of Work and…
Condensation or Mould? Discount deal for members...
No, not a special offer to buy condensation or mould! At our March members meeting, Chris Reynolds of Alliance Remedial Supplies educated attendees on condensation, mould and damp - how to avoid them, how to get rid of them should you have them and he…
PDPLA Objects To PCC Proposals For Sandwiched HMOs & Small Rooms
After changing the planning requirements last November, making it harder to create new or extend existing HMOs thus further reducing the number of HMO’s in Southsea, Portsmouth City Council (PCC) have just completed a consultation exercise aimed at gaining approval to tighten the planning restrictions…
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:15

Lucky Local Letting Agent Wins Appeal?

Lucky Local Letting Agent Wins Appeal?
A local letting agent had their licence to operate HMO’s in Southsea removed after they were found to be overcrowding a flat which they let. The agent appealed against the decision and the property tribunal found in favour of the agent, stating they “do not…
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:12

Mandatory Licensing Extends to Small HMO's

Mandatory Licensing Extends to Small HMO's
Mandatory licensing of large HMO’s with 3 or more storeys and 5 or more occupants was introduced in 2006 and it can be argued, that the aim of the legislation was to improve fire safety in these dwellings as more deaths occurred in buildings with…
Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:43

Small Rooms Just Got Bigger

Small Rooms Just Got Bigger
Up until now, there has been no specific legal minimum size for a bedroom though a number of legal cases have set some boundaries and the building regulations do provide guidance for new builds. HMO landlords in Portsmouth, whether ‘mandatory’ (3+ floors, 5+ residents) or…

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